Travel Review & Tips: Gangchon, Nami Island, The Garden of Morning Calm
Hello, everyone! Greetings from a member of Trazy crew! Surprise~!Personally, I’ve always wondered how it actually feels like to be on a tour from our own tour packages, so I’ve decided to experience it as a customer (and I’ll be 100% honest haha). ;)This is my very first travel review of a package tour from Trazy.com, and it is “Winter Special: Nami Island+Gangchon Rail Bike+Garden of the Morning Calm One day Tour“. Fro more details, click here.
It includes 3 travel destinations- Gangchon Rail Park, Nami Island, and the Garden of the Morning Calm- and I’ve always wanted to visit these places!!
1. Gangchon Rail Park
Okay, now let’s move onto the real trip, starting from Gangchon Rail Park! After an hour and half ride from Seoul, I’ve arrived at the rail park, and this place is quite beautifully decorated.
And I must say the weather was REALLY COLD. When riding the bike, it was even colder (my fingers and toes froze, I’m serious)! So, I strongly recommend you to wear gloves and a thick outer, and to buy heat packs! See the walls? They look like books, how creative! This is what the ticket looks like. :) FYI, the ride runs every hour regularly- 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and so on.
The red bikes are for 4 persons and blue bikes are for 2 persons. So, I guess this activity is enjoyable for families, friends, and couples. And actually, it was really fun and exciting!
The staff announced that it’ll be about a 3 km ride by bike and then we’re going to take a short ride on a train to the final destination of the course.
Personally, I really enjoyed the ride! Especially the moments when I rode through the dark tunnels and saw the sunshine and the landscape laid out in front my eyes. And the glittering Milky Way tunnel was totally thumbs up!
Though my face was frozen, it was worth riding the bike (I’ll never forget it) :) And the short ride on a mini train was also great! It was enough time to enjoy the beautiful nature of Gangchon area! :D
2. Nami Island
Here’s my next travel destination and yes, it’s the Nami Island! Well known for its amazing scenery in every season, and as a backdrop for films and drama (ex. “Winter Sonata”), it’s a very popular place for both Koreans and foreign visitors.First, I was quite surprised that an entry visa is needed to enter the island. In the pic are the tickets! The visa fee costs 8,000 KRW, FYI. ;)
After passing through the immigration gate (present the ticket to the staff when entering), I got on this boat. Took only 5 or 10 minutes to get to the island!
Finally, the last destination of the itinerary (Huah)! The best for last, I would honestly say! The Garden of Morning Calm was absolutely amazing!!
Look at all these dazzles and sparkles everywhere! It’s such a wonderful place, don’t you think? Well, if you think this is a little charming garden, you’re wrong. It’s actually humongous! But, the vast fields shining in blue lights, and the display of colorful bushes and trees…I could only say WOW while I was walking around. This place should be definitely added to your must-visit destination list! I give 4.5 out of 5 (0.5 off because of the crowd, but it’s still worth visiting) for the Garden of Morning Calm!
What I really liked about this tour package was that all of the 3 travel destinations on the itinerary were always on my travel bucket list (if they’re not on yours yet, add them now!), and that I could travel all in one day (saved time and traveled more)! The only downside I would say is the snow. :( I understand that many people expect or anticipate to see the snow, but as you know, the weather world-wide has been strange this particular winter.
Plus, another great thing was that I didn’t have to drive or worry about the transportation because a round-trip shuttle bus was provided, as well as all the entrance tickets (making my travel plan way easier!!), and a friendly guide (don’t worry, the guide can speak English), too. For details about this tour package, click here.
For the first-time users of our website, Trazy.com, here’s a brief explanation on how booking works on this tour package.
Take a look at our page below:See the right side? That’s where you should click on the option to choose the meet location (for this tour, there’s only Myeongdong Station) and then choose the date of a tour (between Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, I have chosen Sunday).
Read the itinerary:
- Seoul (Myeongdong Station Exit 2.) – Gangchon Rail Park – Nami Island-The Garden of Morning Calm – Seoul (Myeongdong Station)
And check out what’s included in the package:
– Round-trip shuttle bus
– Rail Bike Ticket
– Nami Island admission & ferry ride ticket
– The Garden of Morning Calm entrance ticket
First, the meet location. This is probably the most nervous and anxious part (I feel the same, honestly) for the first-time travelers and tourists, right?!
Don’t worry about the bus leaving you behind! Just arrive 10~15 minutes before the departing time in front of Exit 2. On any tour packages you have booked, always be at the meet location at least 10 minutes in advance! Here’s exactly where you should be standing. ;)
The bus is very punctual (almost) at all times (unless there’s a disaster, disastrous weather, or disastrous traffic jam)! So, try to be patient even if you are 10 minutes earlier than the actual departing time and wait at the spot. Once again, it is very, very important to BE ON TIME! The bus does not wait for those who are late!